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Campus Ministry

Our greatest mission as a Catholic high school is to create disciples and world-changers who will carry the teaching of Christ wherever they go. We know that developing a rhythm of prayer is essential to this. For this reason, we offer many on-campus activities for our students. In addition to a quiet chapel for students to spend time in during breaks or before and after school, we offer weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass, confessions, bible studies, class retreats and prayer groups. We believe that by having consistent encounters with God, through the Sacraments, through his Word, and through his people, we can truly develop faithful, compassionate, just, and knowledgeable leaders.


Our Catholic tradition teaches us that good works are integral to strong faith. That’s why Christian service is so important for student formation at Garces. Rather than simply earning hours, Garces integrates service within theological reflection. This deepens the experience of service by connecting the work of the hands with faith the heart.

Freshmen are required to perform 10 hours of service at family and home and sophomores perform their 10 required hours for a school or parish. Juniors complete their 20 service hours within the context of the Sacraments course as part of the call to sacramental living. Service during junior year focuses on assisting those who are often marginalized – the poor, elderly, and those suffering from disabilities. It is highly relational in nature and, as such, provides fertile ground for faith-centered reflection that goes directly to what it means to be the kind of human God is calling each of us to be. In addition to the 40 service hours earned during freshman, sophomore and junior years, seniors serve in a variety of leadership capacities through clubs, athletics, retreats, CSF, NMS, FFA and other organizations. A primary goal of a Garces education is leadership formation and much of senior year is devoted to learning how to become servant leaders.


Retreats are an essential part of developing students to be reflective, thoughtful believers. Taking time from the routine of the day and from the busyness of life helps students to gain perspective and to evaluate priorities.

2023-2024 Freshmen Retreat

All 150 excited freshmen attended their first high school retreat at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. Our wonderful staff and faculty welcomed them in the youth center for testimonies, fellowship and going to Holy Mass and prayer. The theme of the retreat was “The Good Shepherd." The students reflected on John’s Gospel, Chapter 10. Mr. Dignan, Mr. Carrisalez and Mr. Hickey shared their witness on how to avoid false shepherds, follow Jesus the Good Shepherd and how to live the “Herd” in community at Garces Memorial. There was even time for confession thanks to Fr David Lopez! The retreat was full of joy and we made many great memories playing and praying together.

2023-2024 Sophomore Retreat

The sophomore class retreat was an overnight stay at Three Rivers. The students stayed at Santa Teresita Youth Center. The separation of the boys and girls on the retreat were full of fun prayer and fellowship. Many of our students got to spend time getting to know each other and also diving deeper into the God-given gift of authentic femininity and masculinity. Everyone got a chance to deepen the relationship with our Lord, each other and to go to the sacraments of Reconciliation and attend Holy Mass. For those sophomores that stayed back on campus because of prior commitments, they spent the two days on an on-campus retreat with Ms. Leon.

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